Cubs shut down Matt Garza indefinitely

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Garza's elbow injury lingers. (Getty Images)

Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza likely would have been moved in a trade before the non-waiver deadline, but an elbow injury has hampered him and now things seem to have gotten worse. He had a "stress reaction" in his elbow and has been shut down indefinitely, the Cubs have told their beat writers (including Carrie Muskat).

Garza, 28, is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings this season. He's not a free agent until after next season, so the Cubs can continue to evaluate whether they want to give him a contract extension, trade him this winter or trade him during next season, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.

Considering the issues in the elbow and the Cubs' place in the standings, there's little chance to risk pitching Garza any time soon. Really, the only good reason to bring him back at all would be to showcase him in hopes of trading him this coming offseason. According to the front office, however, a trade is not a certainty.

"He's likely to be a member of the Cubs in 2013," general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters (Paul Sullivan). "[Trading him] is the last thing we're thinking of."

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